Saturday, 28 July 2007

Lydden Down

There is a nature reserve on the east side the the valley betweenTemple Ewell and Lydden, which has been managed for the benefit of chalk downland plants and butterflies. The result is spectacular, as hundreds of Chalkhill Blue butterflies emerge to fly across the down.

An expert was out on the down today, and his report can be seen here.
There are apparently still Chalkhill Blue butterflies in Kingsdown, on the clifftops and possibly on downland elsewhere - I haven't yet seen any, but I'll keep looking!

Post script - one (only) blue butterfly on the rifle range today - a Common Blue.

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